L.A. Auto Show – All-New 2019 Kia Niro EV Crossover Utility Makes North American Debut

2019 Niro EV, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandLOS ANGELES, November 28, 2018 – The new Niro EV opens a world of new possibilities for consumers who love crossover characteristics but also want all the benefits electric vehicles have to offer. Not only can they have all the functionality of a traditional crossover, but they can have it while happily driving past filling stations.

When Kia designed and created the Niro, it was engineered to accommodate many different advanced electrified powertrains. First to arrive in 2016 was the hybrid, then in 2017 the Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), and now a fully-electric powertrain. Continue reading

L.A. Auto Show – All-New 2020 Kia Soul EV Combines Soul-Ful Vibe With All-Electric Buzz

2020 Kia Soul EV, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandLOS ANGELES, November 28, 2018 – Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2020 Soul, a completely new version of Kia’s beloved, award-winning and unconventional compact utility vehicle. In conjunction with that world-debut, the all-electric, battery-powered Soul EV was also unveiled. Just as quirky, fun-loving and crowd-pleasing, the Soul EV provides the opportunity for lovers of the Soul to drive without ever stopping for gas. Continue reading

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Tesla Showcases Three Vehicles At The Canadian International AutoShow

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While most of the exotics on display in the AutoExotica display room are behind ropes, the Tesla vehicles (Model S, Model 3 and Model X) are available for closer inspection for the general population.

If you’re even remotely interested in these unique Electric Vehicles be sure to get a closer look at the future of automobiles.

Location: North Building, Level 100 Continue reading

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When do you think you’ll be buying or leasing an Electric Vehicle?

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It’s not a matter of you MIGHT get one – you WILL be getting one! At some point in the very near-future the EV will be cheaper to purchase/lease than a regular ICE (Internal Combustible Engine) vehicle WITHOUT government incentives.

If you want to put off the inevitable as long as possible, it’ll probably be around 2024-2025 – that’s only 6 years from now!

Take the time to watch this brief video and you’ll understand that it’s a lot closer than you think before we’re all driving electric. Continue reading

Canadian International AutoShow [CIAS] To Offer Electric Vehicle Test Drives

The Canadian International AutoShow, in keeping with its 2018 theme of The New Movement, will offer free electric vehicle test drives to anyone attending this year’s show – Feb. 16-25 at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre – as long as they are 21 and have a valid driver’s license.

Eight manufacturers of EVs – Nissan, BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Volvo – will display cars like the Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3 in the EVolution Zone.  General Motors and Ford (along with the previous eight) will offer up cars for test drives in nearby special sections in both the convention centre’s North and South Buildings.     As well as the Leaf and the i3, other EVs available to test will include the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt, the Outlander PHEV, the Honda Clarity, the Volvo XC40, the Hyundai IONIQ and the Ford Focus Electric. Continue reading

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2017 Chevrolet Volt – Road Test

2017 Chevrolet Volt, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org, EV, PHEVThe Chevy Volt is the first Chevrolet I’ve driven in probably 20 years. To say I’m not a Chevy Fan would be pretty accurate.  Based on my past experience of owning a Camaro and Malibu, I’d quite happily have watched the brand disappear into oblivion. So why am I driving one? Well fortunately Chevrolet didn’t disappear because they are actually creating some good looking cars and they are at the forefront of the EV revolution with cars like the Volt and Bolt. The new Malibu is a good-looking car, as is the Cruze and I love the Colorado truck, so change is afoot at Chevrolet – time to check out the goods! Continue reading

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt Premium – Road Test

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EV-1

General Motors have been building electric vehicles [EVs] for quite some time – remember the EV1? GM produced and leased it out to only 660 people living mainly in California and Arizona, it survived from 1996 to 1999 before being recalled and destroyed. Why? There are plenty of theories out there, but aside from being hideously ugly and an advertised range of 70–100 miles that was actually closer to 60, it was never going to set the world on fire.

Although not a raging success, GM showed up at the auto shows in 2002 with a completely different take on the EV, perhaps the most audacious concept car ever – the AUTOnomy. Remember that one?

GM planned to change the way we purchased/leased our cars in the future. We would buy the skateboard or standard “autonomous” platform and shift out whatever body we wanted for any particular need/desire. You could have a sports car or a pickup truck, you just had to lift one off the platform and replace it with the other – the steering and braking would be accomplished through “drive-by-wire” electronic controls. Continue reading